West Virginia and the Regional Intergovernmental Council (RIC) have a benchmark goal to reduce fatalities by 50% and serious injuries by 66% before 2030. To achieve this goal, RIC retained B&N to perform road safety audits (RSAs) that identify, prioritize and implement safety infrastructure improvements to progress toward these benchmarks.
RIC analyzed areas with historically high or severe crash frequencies to create a list of 50 locations to evaluate and prioritize safety improvements. Additional locations were included in the list based on public safety concerns. B&N refined and prioritized locations on this list using the Equivalent Property Damage Only (EPDO) factor, which weights every crash based on the severity and the equivalent property damage-only crash cost.
The following locations were prioritized for further study based on the EPDO factor and feedback from stakeholders. Through B&N’s scoping process, the team was able to complete an additional fifth safety study within the established budget.
B&N conducted safety studies and field reviews at each location, analyzed crash patterns and developed collision diagrams to determine the root cause of the crashes. Additional analyses for certain sites included Highway Safety Manual (HSM), benefit-to-cost ratio and capacity.
Two virtual stakeholder meetings were held to discuss the perceived concerns at the project location and review options for improvement. The stakeholders present included RIC, West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), respective local jurisdictions and West Virginia Connecting Communities, which advocates for bicycling and walking alternatives.
All results and recommendations were packaged into a report for RIC and its stakeholders. The study recommendations are in RIC’s 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.